Vouti­lainen GMt-6

Plaza Watch International - - Chime And Dandy -

Backed by a team of 15 em­ploy­ees, Fin­nish watch­maker Kari Vouti­lainen makes all his watches him­self. Highly en­gi­neered and hand­made, these strictly-limited clas­sic time­pieces in pre­cious me­tals are des­tined to be passed down from one gen­er­a­tion to the next, with di­als and all move­ment com­po­nents ex­cept for bal­ance springs, main­springs and jew­els man­u­fac­tured in his work­shops.

The 39-mm GMT-6 in plat­inum is no dif­fer­ent with its pro­pri­etary move­ment en­tirely de­signed, pro­duced, fin­ished and as­sem­bled in-house. It houses a free sprung-bal­ance sys­tem for per­fect tim­ing, a highly-ef­fi­cient es­cape­ment with two es­cape wheels that runs on less en­ergy than tra­di­tional lever es­cape­ments for gains in longevity and sta­bil­ity, and an in­te­grated GMT mech­a­nism in­di­cated via a 24-hour en­gine-turned and trans­par­ent grand feu enam­elled disc at six o’clock with day/night in­di­ca­tor, which is read by a tri­an­gle on the sub­sidiary sec­onds dial and ad­vanced by press­ing the crown.

Vouti­lainen’s sig­na­ture flaw­less hand-fin­ish­ing and pol­ish­ing are ev­i­dent on the main­plate, bridges, pin­ions, wheels and screws, and the watch is ex­pertly dec­o­rated on both sides with guil­loché and trans­par­ent grand feu enamel: the solid sil­ver and gold dial is in or­angey-red, while the case­back is in a bril­liant shade of blue.

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